The National Institutes of Health has found that 52% of daily vapers have quit smoking. That number is three times the quitting rate of smokers that are not vapers. The data was compiled from the National Health Interview Survey. Here are the survey highlights:
Over half of daily e-cig users in the sample quit smoking in the last 5 years.
Daily e-cig users were 3 times more likely to be quit than never e-cig users.
Some day e-cig users were least likely to be quit.
Some smokers may have quit or are preventing relapse with frequent e-cig use.
Another of the conclusions of this survey analysis was that infrequent vapers have lower smoking cessation rates than daily vapers. The study authors ask a very pertinent question. They said that they need to understand the individual characteristics and, this is important, to understand the products being used. That is huge progress.
To this point, e-cig studies have essentially acted as though all vapor products are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. The type of product used is absolutely critical. This is the first time we have seen this level of awareness from researchers. Finally, they are listening to us.
At ECCR we are aware of the importance of choosing the right product. The question is not really what is the best e-cig but what is the best e-cig for you specifically. That is the better question. Now many of the people who try e-cigs yet still smoke may be using inferior products they bought from a gas station or eBay. We don’t know. If researchers really are listing to us and are finally waking up to the realization that the type of product is crucial, we may be on the verge of moving into an era of much better science.